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December 7, 2022

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This course examines the history, techniques, and aesthetics of mechanical and computer-aided approaches to algorithmic music composition and generative music systems.

Through creative hands-on projects, readings, listening assignments, and lectures, students will explore a variety of historical and contemporary approaches. Diverse tools and systems will be employed, including applications in Python, MIDI, Csound, SuperCollider, and Pure Data

Course Curriculum

  • Foundations: Algorithmic and generative music systems Unlimited
  • Foundations: Musical parameters, mappings, and tools Unlimited
  • Approaches: Distributions and stochastics Unlimited
  • Foundations: Historical and categorical perspectives Unlimited
  • History: Serialism, loops, tiling, and phasing Unlimited
  • Workshop Unlimited
  • History: Michele Gottfried Koenig Unlimited
  • Approaches: Permutations, generators, and chaos Unlimited
  • History: Lejaren Hiller Unlimited
  • Approaches: Probability and Markov chains Unlimited
  • Workshop Unlimited
  • History: Iannis Xenakis Unlimited
  • Approaches: Non-standard synthesis Unlimited
  • Approaches: Granular and concatenative synthesis Unlimited
  • Approaches: Mapping, sonification, and data bending Unlimited
  • Workshop Unlimited
  • Approaches: Cellular automata Unlimited
  • Approaches: Genetic algorithms Unlimited
  • Approaches: Grammars and L-Systems Unlimited
  • History: Mechanical musical automata Unlimited
  • Workshop Unlimited
  • Approaches: Agents and ecological models Unlimited
  • Approaches: Expert systems and style emulation Unlimited
  • Discussion: Aesthetics and evaluations Unlimited
  • Sonic system project presentations Unlimited

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